- Tom & Susan Listberger
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    - Karen Holmberg
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    - W> Wiley
  • "We'll miss you, Eileen."
    - Carol and Bill Brock

Eileen Winegar was born October 22, 1925, in Everett, Washington, and died June 2, 2012, in Bellevue, Washington. Eileen led a life full of adventure with her husband Mar, who preceded her in death earlier this year.

Eileen graduated from Everett Junior College in 1946. While attending school she worked at Everett Shipyard and then for Boeing.

In the summer of 1946, she met her future husband Mar at a dance, and they married in 1947. Her father later jokingly told her that he thought she would never find someone who could please her. Eileen liked to tell her children with a laugh that she married their dad because he was a "good dancer and drove a sporty car." They were married for 65 years.

Over the years, Eileen had several jobs. She worked as a reporter for the Longview Daily News in 1949 before starting a family. While living in Juneau, she worked for the Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Education as an editor. Eileen always had a dictionary close by. If she had been stuck on a desert island with only a few belongings, a dictionary would have been one of the items.

Eileen loved to travel, and she and Mar traveled extensively around the world. She also loved to fish and spend time on their boat, the "Sea Gal." She and Mar spent many weekends out on the water, and Eileen was very proud of the many 100-pound-plus halibut she caught.

She was a good listener who had the ability to deliver a perfectly timed and precisely worded wry comment. Aging gave her a lot of material. She could find humor in anything.

Eileen will be remembered for her beautiful smile and the twinkle in her eyes. She was a welcoming and gracious hostess and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

Eileen is survived by her son Greg and wife Patty of Juneau, Alaska, and daughter Shelley McCleary and husband Kyle of Normandy Park, Washington. She leaves six grandchildren including Kara Hollatz, Travis Winegar, Annie Brady Sheehan, Ryann Brady, Kelsey McCleary, and Paige McCleary; and great-granddaughter Nina Hollatz. She was preceded in death by her husband Mar, daughter Nancy Brady Stagan, and sister Inez Freebody.

The family wishes to thank Mary and Vasile Urdea for their loving care of Eileen during her later years.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 12, 2012
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